Plant Organismal Development Based Building Design and Perpetuated Construction

This idea seeks to establish a novel conceptual framework to building design and construction that is based on plant organismal development. Firstly lets compare the idea of design as it applies to architecture and plant development. Once... continue reading

Detecting the delimiter in CSVs that lie

File extensions for data sharing sometimes lie about their contents.

Here is an algorithm to infer the actual delimiter of a CSV, TSV or any related format:

  • Assume that alpha-numeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9) and the period/full stop (.)... continue reading

Bayesian verdicts

Why do juries emit binary verdicts, i.e. guilty or not guilty? Why not allow each juror to emit a "Bayesian vote" reflecting his/her subjective degree of belief in the probability of the defendant’s guilt? Under this alternative method of Bayesian... continue reading

Recasting through reweighting

Recasting refers to reinterpreting the results of searches for new particles or standard model measurements in the context of different theoretical models [1]. The fundamental task is to replace the... continue reading

DNA is a (geo)political weapon

The use of DNA (both modern and ancient: aDNA) for purposes of genetic traceability, ethnic filiation, migration of populations, etc. is currently experiencing exponential growth. These studies are (it is hoped) initially motivated by scientific... continue reading

Anthropogenic increase in the length of a day

The length of a day might have been increasing owing to decreased speed of the earth's rotation triggered by anthropogenic factors: 1) anthropogenic induced increase in the moment of inertia of the earth; and 2) slowdown of tidal currents due to... continue reading

Soap bar skin scanner for detection of early melanoma

Many scanners look inside the body, but none examine our whole skin because the ripples and folds of flesh need to be unfolded for camera access. The current approach assumes no cooperation from the person being examined, except to lie or stand... continue reading

Synchronic similarity in scholarly communication may mask diachronically distinct goals and histories

The Force11 Scholarly Commons Working Group (SCWG) aims to

[a]rticulate a set of high level principles... for the Scholarly Commons[,]... focus on... continue reading

Reconstructing the 3D shape of lightning strikes from their thunder

A nearby lightning strike is accompanied by a loud roll of thunder that can last for many seconds. The stroke conducts current between cloud and ground, simultaneously superheating the air along the path of the stroke. The resultant shock wave... continue reading

New Ph.D. students in the empirical sciences should be recruited into ongoing scientific studies right from the start

All too often we come across Ph.D. students who after 2-3 years of effort still struggle with their first (co-)authorship. In many cases, this may be considered a waste of financial resources and human... continue reading


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